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Can Reiki Energy Healing and Christian Faith Co-Exist?

Deborah is a writer, healer, and teacher. She enjoys helping people work towards healthier lives.


Hope and Healing to the Hurting

Traveling through this life, one of my goals is to bring hope and healing to hurting people. I do this in a variety of ways, not only through my writing and public speaking, but also as a certified massage therapist, a Reiki master, a life coach and a yoga instructor.

Over the years, I have placed my hands onto a variety of people suffering from a variety of ailments, including depression, fibromyalgia, depression, sciatica and sorrow. Using a variety of modalities, I help people suffering from headaches, backaches, and acute and chronic pain of all sorts, using energy to bring hands on healing.

My spiritual practices informs and accentuates my healing work. Baptized into a christian church as a child, I've always enjoyed a close relationship with Jesus. As I've grown, my spiritual understanding has flourished. I realize that God, Source, Universal Creative Energy, Unconditional Love, this energy (whatever you choose to call it) is everywhere. It reveals itself in church, during yoga, in the mountains and at the ocean, while singing and laughing and loving people.

The healing energy that exists was demonstrated not only in the Bible, with Jesus laying hands on people, but also throughout the new testament, when believers received spiritual blessings and the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.

Energy flows, from God, the Universe and Divine Love, through hands to help heal others of affliction.

Massage does miraculous things to the body. But, it is not the only thing I am using. I use the energy of the Universe (or, from God, if you are so inclined to believe) to offer healing to a hurting world.

What is Reiki?

Reiki, pronounced Ray-key, is a Japanese word, consisting of two parts: Rei or Universal life force, and Ki, the energy which animates us and is found in all of us.

Reiki is a form of spiritual energy healing, which directs the energy of the Universal life force through the practitioner and into the recipient.

Reiki helps to harmonize the mind, body, and spirit. Reiki is not attached to any particular belief system or religion. It is available to use and to be received by anyone who is willing.

Reiki is passed from master to student through a process called attunement, in which the student connects to the universal reiki source. Once attuned, the student becomes a vessel of the healing energy of reiki, able to move energy for themselves or others.

While you could read a book about reiki and learn the hand positions and symbols, it is not until you are attuned that you are able to channel this healing energy.

The Cleveland Clinic describes reiki as an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. You can read more from the Cleveland Clinic in the article, "What is Reiki, and Does it Really Work?"

Five Principles of Reiki

Just For Today I Will:

Release Anger

Let Go Of Worry

Do My Work Honestly

Express Gratitude For My Many Blessings

Practice Kindness Toward Every Living Being

Moving Energy

Everything in the universe is comprised of energy. Each atom that makes up every thing moves constantly. The movement among and between atoms is energy. Everything in the Universe is always moving and always changing.

Reiki healing manipulates the energy surrounding people, animals, and even plants, in order to bring the energetic system into balance and health. Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that is used for stress reduction and relaxation, and can also help heal and balance the energetic body.

Following a Reiki treatment, or a massage that includes Reiki, a recipient may feel more relaxed, peaceful, balanced and energetic. While Reiki can be used in healing, these claims are difficult to prove, except anecdotally.

What is Reiki?

Reiki and Religion

As a healer, and Reiki master, and as a Christian, I have been warned that Reiki healing is not biblical, nor godly. It has been compared to witchcraft and black magic. These comparisons have been drawn by people who have no experience with Reiki, nor any understanding of the complex forces at work in the universe.

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In addition, those who claim that I am using black magic or witchcraft, have no real understanding of spirituality, nor the nature of God. God is a loving, caring Higher Power, who wants us to use our gifts to improve the world around us. If we have been given a gift, we have a duty to express that gift to make the world a better place. We honor God best, when we use the gifts he has given us, and that includes healing others, if that is indeed something God has gifted us with.

Reiki healing seems simple, it is the manipulation of energy. However, the complexities of sensing energy, and knowing how, where and why to enter into a field of energy are not easily explained, and even more difficult to understand. There is nothing magical about it. It is simply using positive energy to remove negative energy.

When I work on a client, I close my eyes and place my hands on their shoulders, feeling their energy. There is nothing to see. It is felt with the body and with my own energy. As I move my hands, I am sensitive to what is blocked or stuck, and what is flowing. My job as a Reiki healer is to help restore balance to the energetic system. As I begin, I ask God to guide my hands, to show me where to go and how much pressure to apply. I listen intently, with my hands and heart, to what the client is saying and to where God is directing my hands.

These systems were created and are powered by a higher source, whether you choose to call that source of power God, Buddha, or Creator. That he gives some of us different gifts, and callings is indeed biblical. Everyone is gifted differently, and whether we choose to use the gifts bestowed upon us is a matter of personal choice.

God has given me the gift of healing. I don't brag, or say it proudly. Simply stated, God works through my hands to make other people feel better. I do not claim to heal on my own power. I pray, and ask him to use me, as it would best serve the person I am working with. I allow God and the Universal healing energy to move through me and into my clients. I allow him to show me where to work, and to tell me when I've done enough. I do not claim to be a healer. God is a healer, and I am his instrument.

Laying on of Hands


Judge not...

Fear of the unknown drives many people to lash out. People speak boldly, about that which they do not know. Their fear of the unknown causes them to cast aspersions on something they do not understand.

Rather than speak badly about someone or something you do not know, reserve judgement. It is not your place to judge others, and the path they are on. You can only judge yourself and your own path. Are you walking a path that reflects who you were truly created to be? If not, perhaps you could pull back and look inside yourself.

Realize that God is the one true judge, and he has created us to love. If we act out of love, rather than fear, we serve ourselves, and those around us. God calls each one of us to live and serve our highest purpose. He has created each one of us with special gifts and talents. Find your gifts and talents, and use them to make the world a better place.

I encourage everyone reading this, whether christian or non, to seek out someone who will perform a Reiki treatment. You will find that you feel better, have more energy, and sleep more soundly as a result of a manipulation of your energy field.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2010 Deborah Demander


Liliane on July 21, 2020:

I can empathize with the content of your article.

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on October 13, 2011:

This was very, very interesting. I was glad to read about it. I think you're onto something. I believe you about sensing energy. :)

Deborah Demander (author) from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on March 09, 2010:

Thanks for the encouragement.

Micky Dee on March 08, 2010:

Use the gifts bestowed upon You. Keep hubbing Sister!

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